Synthesis, characterization, and catalytic properties of zinc oxide nanoparticles for the treatment of wastewater in the presence of natural sunlight

  • D. A. LavateEmail author
  • V. J. Sawant
  • A. S. Khomane
Original Paper


Zinc oxide nanoparticles were synthesized using monochloro acetic acid as a complexing agent. These synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, UV–visible, energy-dispersive X-ray, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis, and BET techniques. As-prepared ZnO nanoparticles show crystalline nature with hexagonal dominant crystal phase. The SEM image shows the formation of homogenous micro-porous nanoparticles of ZnO. The photocatalytic activity of ZnO materials was measured on UV–visible spectrophotometer under natural sunlight irradiation and shows the efficiency (ɳ) of 56.80% in 150 min of time. A ZnO nanoparticle shows an excellent photocatalytic activity and can be used for the treatment of wastewater.


Oxide materials Chemical synthesis Optical spectroscopy X-ray diffraction 



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© Institute of Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Government Rajaram CollegeKolhapur, Affiliated to Shivaji UniversityKolhapurIndia

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